Former Ellsworth commander dies in plane crash - KOTA Territory News

Former Ellsworth commander dies in plane crash


A former Ellsworth Air Force Base commander died Friday when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Norfolk, Virginia.

U.S. Air Force Major General Joseph Brown, 54, and his wife and only passenger, Susan Brown both died at the scene. They also had a dog on board with them, which also perished in the crash. The single-engine Cessna 210 crashed into the yard of a nearby residence.

Brown was at Ellsworth Air Force base from 2001 to 2005.  He took over as the wing commander of the 28th Bomb Wing from 2003 to 2004.
At the time of his death, Brown was serving as Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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